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Prokopis Pavlopoulos
Prokopis Pavlopoulos
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President of Greece

13 March 2015 - 13 March 2020
Alexis Tsipras
Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou
Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Karolos Papoulias
Katerina Sakellaropoulou
Minister of the Interior

19 September 2007 - 11 September 2009
Kostas Karamanlis
Spyridon Flogaitis
Spyridon Flogaitis

10 March 2004 - 24 August 2007
Kostas Karamanlis
Nikos Alivizatos
Spyridon Flogaitis
Personal details
Born (1950-07-10) 10 July 1950 (age 71)
Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece
Political partyNew Democracy
Spouse(s)Vlassia Peltsemi
Children2 daughters
1 son
Alma materUniversity of Athens
Panthéon-Assas University

Prokopios Pavlopoulos (Greek: , pronounced [pro'kopios pav'lopulos]; born 10 July 1950), commonly shortened to Prokopis (), is a Greek lawyer, university professor and politician who served as President of Greece from 2015 to 2020. A member of New Democracy, he previously was Minister of the Interior from 2004 to 2009. He was succeeded by Katerina Sakellaropoulou on 13 March 2020, who became the first woman to serve as President of Greece.

Academic career

Prokopis Pavlopoulos was born in Kalamata[1] to high school principal and classics teacher Vasilios Pavlopoulos and grew up in the same city.[2] After finishing school in his home town, he entered the Law School of the University of Athens in 1968.[2]

In 1975, on a government scholarship, he received his DEA from the Paris Panthéon-Assas University, followed by his PhD in 1977 on Public Law.[2] He then returned to Greece to serve his military service in the Hellenic Army (1978-79).[2] He was elected Lecturer at the University of Athens in 1980, and he was promoted to Reader in 1981. In 1983 he became Assistant Professor and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1986. In 1989, he was elected (Full) Professor of Administrative Law.[1] In 1986, Pavlopoulos was an adjunct faculty member at the Panthéon-Assas University.[3]

Political career

Early political career

Pavlopoulos was secretary to the first President of the metapolitefsi, Michail Stasinopoulos, in 1974.[1][4] From November 1989 to April 1990, he served as alternate Minister for the Presidency and government spokesman in the ecumenical government headed by Xenophon Zolotas.[2][4] He served as head of the legal office to President Konstantinos Karamanlis from 1990 to 1995, and political advisor to Miltiadis Evert, then chairman of New Democracy, from September 1995.[1][4] He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the New Democracy party in the 1996 parliamentary election; in the 2000 parliamentary election, he was elected as an MP for the Athens A constituency. He was appointed as New Democracy's Press and Information Spokesman by Evert on 20 April 1996; he subsequently became its Parliamentary Spokesman on 14 April 2000.[1][4] Pavlopoulos was successively re-elected for Athens A in the 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 elections.[2]

Minister of the Interior

Following the March 2004 legislative election, which was won by New Democracy, Pavlopoulos became Minister of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation in the new government of the Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis on 10 March 2004.[4][5] In the government appointed following New Democracy's victory in the September 2007 parliamentary election, the Interior Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Public Order; Pavlopoulous became Minister of the Interior and Public Order.[6]

He is a member of the Central Committee of New Democracy, and on 29 July 2004 he was designated as a member of the party's Political Council as one of seven MP candidates; no vote was necessary because there were only seven MP seats available on the Council.[7]

President of Greece

Prokopis Pavlopoulos with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, on 30 March 2016

On 17 February, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nominated Pavlopoulos as the ruling Syriza-ANEL coalition's candidate for the post of President of Greece in the presidential election that had begun in December 2014.[8] On 18 February 2015, backed by Syriza, ANEL and his own New Democracy party, Pavlopoulos was elected by the Hellenic Parliament as the new President of Greece with 233 votes in favour. He succeeded Karolos Papoulias after the end of the latter's term on 13 March 2015.[9]

Personal life

Pavlopoulos is married to Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi and together they have two daughters, Maria and Zoe, and one son, Vasilis.[2][10]

David Davis, son of the Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia (and her son Alexander Davis), are godchildren of President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Biography on Greek Parliament website Archived 2005-07-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e f g ? , ? (in Greek). in.gr. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Oberlé, Thierry (11 December 2008). "Pavlopoulos, un ministre de l'Intérieur dans la tourmente". Le Figaro (in French).
  4. ^ a b c d e CV at the website of the Greek embassy in France Archived 2007-10-22 at the Wayback Machine (in French).
  5. ^ "New interior minister says 'state to be re-established with spirit of unity'", Athens News Agency (hri.org), March 11, 2004.
  6. ^ "New faces and trusted aides are unveiled in Karamanlis's Cabinet", ANA (ekathimerini.com), September 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "New Democracy elects party secretary, Political Council; PM addresses Central Committee", Athens News Agency, July 30, 2004.
  8. ^ ? ? ? ? (in Greek). in.gr. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ 233 ? (in Greek). in.gr. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Prokopis Pavlopoulos: Who Is the New President of the Hellenic Republic?". Greek Reporter. February 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.quirinale.it/elementi/5374#&gid=1&pid=7/
  12. ^ "CIDADÃOS ESTRANGEIROS AGRACIADOS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS - Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas". www.ordens.presidencia.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved .
  13. ^ "? ? ? ? ? ". ? . Retrieved .

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nikos Alivizatos
Minister of the Interior
2004-2007
Succeeded by
Spyridon Flogaitis
Preceded by
Spyridon Flogaitis
Minister of the Interior
2007-2009
Preceded by
Karolos Papoulias
President of Greece
2015-2020
Succeeded by
Katerina Sakellaropoulou
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Karolos Papoulias
as Former President
Order of precedence of Greece
as Former President
Succeeded by
Panagiotis Pikrammenos
as Deputy Prime Minister

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